The complex was developed by the Jefferson County Assisted Housing Corporation, a newly-created division of the Jefferson County Housing Authority which qualified for funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's "Section 8 New Construction" program. The first 100 units, called Spring Gardens I, were completed in 1982.
144 units in Spring Gardens II, III and IV, including accessible units for elderly and disabled residents, are owned and managed by Navigate Affordable Housing Partners.
The 100-unit Spring Gardens I property was acquired by the Jefferson County Housing Authority in 2011, but those units were still managed by Navigate until 2015, when the Authority began managing those units, with funds provided through Navigate.
The $3 million Spring Gardens Community Center provides social and community services to residents of the complex.
In early 2015 mold was detected in some of the apartments during inspections conducted by the Housing Authority. All affected units were cleaned and some residents moved to vacant units during the process.
- Wright, Barnett (March 27, 2015 ) "Did board dispute slow inspections for structural issues, mold in Jefferson County housing with elderly?" The Birmingham News